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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 04:07:23 -0800 (PST)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 12.07.07 1. Impeach/MplsCouncil 12.07 9:15am 2. Maxine Waters 12.07 11:30am 3. No ffunch today 12.07 4. Utopia/socialism 12.07 4pm 5. Palestine vigil 12.07 4:30pm 6. Cynthia McKinney/f 12.07 6pm 7. King Corn/film 12.07 7pm 8. Cost/freedom/book 12.07 7pm 9. Palestine/book 12.07 7pm 10. GLBT/home/music 12.07 7pm 11. Hidden yearning 12.07 8pm 12. Moyers/media/vote 12.07 9pm 13. Sharon Smith - Tom Hayden & the dead end war-enabling Dems --------1 of 13-------- From: MN Impeach <lists [at] impeachforpeace.org> Subject: Impeach/MplsCouncil 12.07 9:15am Mpls Council <http://impeachforpeace.org/impeach_bush_blog/?p=2172> Pressure Minneapolis City Council to Impeach, Friday Morning We're extremelly close to having a favorable impeachment vote in the Mpls Council. Sources within the council inform us that we're one vote shy of havint the 7 vote majority vote we need. So, we're calling on citizens to do three things: * Call your Council Member * Attend the City Council Meetings * Flyer neighborhoods to spread the word (on car windows, doors, etc). Here's the flyer <http://impeachforpeace.org/images/local_impeachment_city_flyer_mpls.pdf> (If you hand out the flyer in your neighborhood, circle the councilmember who represents your neighborhood so folks know who represents them.) Attend the Minneapolis City Council Meetings with impeachment signs and shirts to show support. According to sources on the Minneapolis City Council, they will be taking up impeachment in the next few months. The idea is to be a visual advertisement of the call on them to impeach! ImpeachForPeace.org is asking you to show up at the Minneapolis City Council (350 S 5th St, Rm 317) Friday 12/7 ( and 12/21) at 9:15am. Parking can be difficult so you'll probably have to park a few blocks away (on 6th street there are meters around 5th Ave, bring quarters). We suggest you wear impeachment shirts, buttons, etc. Signs are also allowed, but we've been asked to sit along the back of the room out of respect for the proceedings. Here is the contact info for city council members: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/ <> WARD 1, Paul Ostrow, 612-673-2201, paul.ostrow [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us <mailto:paul.ostrow [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us> WARD 2, Cam Gordon, 612-673-2202, cam.Gordon [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us <mailto:cam.Gordon [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us> WARD 3, Diane Hofstede, 612-673-2203, diane.hofstede [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us <mailto:diane.hofstede [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us> WARD 4, Barbara Johnson, 612-673-2204, barbara.johnson [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us <mailto:barbara.johnson [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us> WARD 5, Don Samuels, 612-673-2205, don.samuels [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us <mailto:don.samuels [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us> WARD 6, Robert Lilligren, 612-673-2206, robert.lilligren [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us <mailto:robert.lilligren [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us> WARD 7, Lisa Goodman, 612-673-2207, http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/contact/email-form-goodman.asp WARD 8, Elizabeth Glidden, 612-673-2208, http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/contact/email-form-glidden.asp WARD 9, Gary Shiff, 612-673-2209, http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/contact/email-form-schiff.asp <> WARD 10, Ralph Remington, 612-673-2210, ralph.remington [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us <mailto:ralph.remington [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us> WARD 11, Scott Benson, 612-673-2211, scott.benson [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us <mailto:scott.benson [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us> WARD 12, Sandy Colvin Ray, 612-673-2212, http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/contact/email-form-roy.asp WARD 13, Betsy Hodges, 612-673-2213, http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/contact/email-form-hodges.asp Reasons for impeachment: http://impeachforpeace.org/evidence/ A copy of the impeachment resolution we're suggesting is here: http://impeachforpeace.org/impeach_bush_blog/?p=2195 Is Bush/Cheney Impeachment a City Council's Job? - City Council members take an oath of office promising to "protect and defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic. They don't take an oath to fix potholes. If the Constitution is in danger then their primary duty is to defend it. - Cities and towns routinely send petitions to Congress for all kinds of requests. This is allowed under Clause 3, Rule XII, Section 819, of the Rules of the House of Representatives. This clause is routinely used to accept petitions from cities, and memorials from states, all across America. Is Impeachment a Local Issue? - If a federal action has a significant negative impact on this city, then it is appropriate for this city to defend itself. - Citizens from this city may be sent, or have been sent, to Iraq to fight in an illegal and unjustified war. - Tax funds from this city that could have been spent locally have been spent in Iraq for war. Tax money from this city has been wasted in no-bid contracts with companies like Halliburton with deep ties to the Bush administration. Yet this city can barely afford the emergency services, libraries, and schools that we need. - The State National Guard should be available to protect this city from floods or other disasters. But instead, President Bush has sent them to Iraq. For details, contact Jodin Morey of Impeach for Peace: 612-328-1451 or use our contact page: http://impeachforpeace.org/comments.htm [Impeach George Dubya Bastard. -ed] --------2 of 13-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Maxine Waters 12.07 11:30am Friday, December 7: Minnesota Women's Political Caucus. 29th Annual Luncheon with Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Registration: 11:30 AM. Graves Hotel, Mpls. $50 student/nonprofit single ticket. $100 member single ticket. $150 nonmember single ticket (includes membership). $125 nonmember single ticket. Sponsorships available: $2000 Platinum, $1000 Gold, $500 Silver. Full Table $1000 - Half Table $500. [Can you afford to get even one foot in the Graves? - ed] --------3 of 13-------- From: ed Subject: No ffunch today 12.07 Snow weariness --------4 of 13-------- From: Jeff Hartman <hartm152 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Utopia/socialism 12.07 4pm "Envisioning Real Utopias": A talk with Erik Olin Wright Friday, December 7, 4:00 PM Institute for Advanced Study, 125 Nolte Center 315 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis This lecture will explore a range of issues connected to the problem of envisioning radical egalitarian and democratic alternatives to existing structures of power and privilege. I will begin by outlining three central tasks that any emancipatory social science must in one way or another accomplish: diagnosis and critique of existing institutions, envisioning alternatives, and developing a theory of transformation. The talk will then explore in more detail the second of these tasks through a critical reexamination of the concept of "socialism" as an alternative to capitalism. Eric Olin Wright is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. --------5 of 13-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Palestine vigil 12.07 4:30pm Friday, 12/7, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, vigil to end the occupation of Palestine, Snelling & Summit Aves, St Paul. Karen, 651-283-3495. --------6 of 13-------- From: greenpartymike <ollamhfaery [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Cynthia McKinney/film 12.07 6pm There shall be a screening of the documentary movie American Blackout, starring former Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. McKinney is now a presidential candidate with the Green Party. Mayday Bookstore 301 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis (612)333-4719 Friday December 7th. 6-7pm and discussion afterwards 7-8 pm. American Blackout documents the apparent, deliberate disenfranchisement of blacks and others in the 2000 and 2004 elections. It also explores the political ramifications of election fraud in the last two presidential elections. Cynthia McKinney herself shall be in Minneapolis and St Paul December 9-10th. She will be holding a Press Conference 10:30 am, Monday December 10, 2007 at the Midtown Global Exchange, Greenway Level Conference Room, Lake St and Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407 For more information, contact Michael Cavlan (612)327-6902 or ollamhfaery (at) earthlink.net --------7 of 13-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: King Corn/film 12.07 7pm Heartland Documentary Examines America's Most Heavily Subsidized Crop "King Corn" Oak Street Cinema Starting Fri., Dec. 7-9, 11, 12 NO SCREENING DEC.10, If you believe you are what you eat, you'll no doubt be shocked to learn that you're mostly corn. After learning their generation might be the first American one with a shorter life span than the one before it based on largely on nutritional reasons, former college buds Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis go deep into Iowa¹s Corn Belt on a simple mission: to plant one acre of corn and then follow it through the food system. What they find raises troubling questions about what we eat. "King Corn" will screen beginning Fri., Dec. 7 through Wed., Dec. 12 with two shows nightly, 7 and 9 p.m., and a Sat. and Sun. matinee at 5 p.m. (However, there¹s NO SHOW on Mon., Dec. 10.) The Oak Street Cinema is located 309 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis, just off the corner of Oak St. S.E. and Washington Avenue. Plenty of street/meter parking - which expires after 8 p.m. - is available. Also, the Oak Street parking ramp is available, located a few feet south from the theater. Tickets are general admission $6, seniors $5, students and Minnesota Film Arts Members $4. Matinee prices are $4 general and $3 for members. (USA, 2007; 90 minutes) --------8 of 13-------- From: Leigh Herrick <prairiepoet58 [at] msn.com> Subject: Cost/freedom/book 12.07 7pm Publication Parties for Cost of Freedom anthology With Photographer and Vets for Peace activist Chante Wolf, writer Stefanie Hollmichel, Pastor Henry Bechthold, author of Right Wing Politics and Religion: the Unholy Alliance Exposed, and poet, writer, recording artist Leigh Herrick. Friday, December 7, 7 p.m. Amazon Bookstore Cooperative, 4755 Chicago Ave. S. Minneapolis Sunday December 9, 3 p.m. Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis Cost of Freedom is a beautiful, accessible, and meaningful history of recent anti-war movements with over 100 contributors from the U.S. and Canada. Says Noam Chomsky of the book: "This varied and exciting collection graphically reveals the vitality and expanse of the popular movements opposing violence and criminal ventures abroad. It should inspire many more to join in these efforts to create a powerful force of concerned citizens that cannot be ignored." j --------9 of 13-------- From: Mizna <mizna-announce [at] mizna.org> Subject: Palestine/book 12.07 7pm Mizna Presents: Friday, December 7 - Ibtisam Barakat Loft Literary Center. Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, 7-10 pm. Publication reception of her book, Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood. About Tasting the Sky. A Palestinian Childhood In a spare, eloquent memoir, Barakat recalls life under military occupation. In 1981 the author, then in high school, boarded a bus bound for Ramallah. The bus was detained by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint on the West Bank , and she was taken to a detention center before being released. The episode triggers sometimes heart-wrenching memories of herself as a young child, at the start of the 1967 Six Days' War, as Israeli soldiers conducted raids, their planes bombed her home, and she fled with her family across the border to Jordan. She also recalls living under occupation and the thrill of being able to attend the United Nations school for refugees. The political upheaval is always in the background, but for young Barakat, much of the drama was in incidents that took place in everyday life. What makes the memoir so compelling is the immediacy of the child's viewpoint, which depicts both conflict and daily life without exploitation or sentimentality. About Ibtisam Barakat Ibtisam S. Barakat is a Palestinian-American writer, poet and educator. Her work centers on healing the hurts of racism, sexism, and the oppression of young people. Ibtisam was a delegate to the United Nation's conference on the elimination of racism, which was held in Durban , South Africa , August 2001. She leads Write Your Life seminars and speaks frequently on using personal narrative and literature to repair social relationships, and toward the collective authoring of a world fully welcoming to everyone. Recently, Ibtisam was interviewed at NPR's Talk of The Nation, and sponsored by the Harvard-based Arab Educational Forum, she led writing workshops for young people and educators in Morocco . Selected Publications: "The Second Day" in Shattered, Ed. Jennifer Armstrong (2002); "Marked for Destruction", in Why Do They Hate Me: Young Lives Caught in War & Conflict, Ed. L. Holliday (1999); "Beating a Bully", in 25 Read-Aloud Stories For Teaching Powerful Writing (2001); "The Home Within", reprint, in The Flag of Childhood, Ed. Naomi Shihab-Nye (2002). Co-presented with the Loft Literary Center and Dunn Bros. Coffee. Visit our website at http://www.mizna.org --------10 of 13-------- From: Susan Raffo [mailto:raffo95 [at] gmail.com] Subject: GLBT/home/music 12.07b 7pm I am writing you directly with an invitation to do two things, both gathered around an event taking place on December 7th at 7pm. 1. Learn more about the GLBT Host Home Program, a low cost community-based response to youth homelessness that is a significant part of Hennepin and Ramsey counties initiatives to end homelessness. 2. Enjoy the music of Dan Chouinard and Molly Sue McDonald - both performers through MPR as well as generally around the country. Accordions, violins, singing and storytelling - Dan has also lived with and now made family with a homeless young person. While the event is technically a fundraiser, it's just as importantly a way to get in front of folks who might be interested in what the GLBT Host Home Program does. We are a model for programs around the country - having helped to start GLBT Host Home Programs in multiple other cities. So, please consider coming, bring a friend, say hello. The event is on December 7th at the Heart of the Beast Theater (1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis). You can see our Evite invitation at http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewInvite.jsp?inviteId=WOQKWFRIETYYHBDFNPFB&li=iq&src=email&trk=aei2 or feel free to call Raquel (Rocki) Simoes at 612-522-1690. Information about the program is at http://www.avenuesforyouth.org/HostHome.html. I hope you think about joining us. The program is exciting - and the event is going to be that best mix of intimacy, music, storytelling, silliness and real life. With great warmth, Susan Raffo --------11 of 13-------- From: leilipritschet [at] comcast.net Subject: Hidden yearning 12.07 8pm Hidden Yearning By Leili Tajadod Pritschet & Friends Friday & Saturday, December 7 & 8, 2007, 8:00 PM Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. So., Minneapolis "Dancing is not getting up any time like a speck of dust blown around by the wind. Dancing is when you rise above worlds, tearing your heart to pieces and giving up your soul. " -- Rumi, 13th century Persian Sufi poet Islamic Sharieh or law veils the body. American culture veils the soul. I want to take you behind the veil. I want to create a public dialogue. I want to inspire us all to reach beyond the barriers and seek interconnection. Hidden Yearning, one artist's dream for humanity, resonates within a cross-cultural tapestry of Persian classical dance, multi-cultural music, video and Sufi poetry, probing issues of immigration, assimilation and faith. It is energized by artists Middle Eastern and American, Muslim, Christian and Jewish. One-hour performance followed by Q&A and reception. Tickets: $15, student/senior $12, reserved at 612-871-4444. [I've always wanted to write a "yearning" popular song, but with a rhyme other than "burning". I call it, "I Yearn for Your Stern" -ed] --------12 of 13-------- From: t r u t h o u t <messenger [at] truthout.org> Subject: Moyers/media/vote 12.07 9pm Bill Moyers Journal | New Media and the Election http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/120607U.shtml Bill Moyers Journal looks at how new media - the Web, YouTube, social networking - have changed the face, pace and language of the election. --------13 of 13-------- Tom Hayden and the Dead End Democrats The Anti-War Enablers By SHARON SMITH CounterPunch December 5, 2007 The December 17th issue of the liberal Nation magazine contains an article penned by former California Senator Tom Hayden, purporting to offer antiwar voters a glimpse of hope for mainstream relevance in the coming election year-which will certainly be a contest between two pro-war candidates from the two corporate political parties. Hayden's article, "How the Peace Movement Can Win: A Field Guide," exudes confidence that antiwar activists have a role to play in spreading a message of peace as the presidential primaries begin on January 3rd. [The Nation always goes lesser evil Dem in every prez election. No matter how non-lesser the evil, they're there, lecturing us on our moral duty to vote for some slimy gangrenous Dem. Thus does the ruling class get its message over into "liberal" unconsciousness. -ed] Hayden acknowledges that, even as a Congressional majority over the last year, Democrats have provided little more than an "echo" for the Bush administration. He also admits that leading Democratic presidential contenders refuse to guarantee troop withdrawal before 2013, arguing, "The platform of 'out by 2013' may be a sufficient difference from the Republicans for some, but it won't satisfy the most committed antiwar voters." He notes that all the leading candidates vaguely assert the need, as Hillary Clinton does, for "a smaller American force left behind dedicated to training Iraqis and counter-terrorism." Nevertheless, Hayden's "Field Guide" exhorts antiwar activists to get out the vote for 2008-for whichever candidate becomes the anointed Democratic nominee. "Only in this way," Hayden argues without evidence, "will the peace movement succeed in expanding and intensifying antiwar feeling to a degree that will compel the politicians to abandon their six-year timetable for a far shorter one." This leap of logic begs the question: Why would politicians feel pressured to change their pro-war policies when legions of antiwar activists are already working for grassroots votes on their behalf? Far from empowering the antiwar majority, this strategy appears doomed to enabling the pro-war and bi-partisan status quo. [Indeed. But it's way too obvious for subtle liberal minds committed to believing night is day and down is up. -ed] Tom Hayden can be dismissed as a relic of a bygone era. His radical credentials date back to the 1960s-as a founder of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and one of the "Chicago Seven," the arrested leaders of the mass antiwar protests against the 1968 Democratic Party convention in Chicago. Hayden long ago traded in his love beads for a suit and tie, in an unremarkable political career that ended in 2000 when he left the California State Senate. Now he serves on the advisory board of the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), an organization aimed at expanding the influence of the left wing of the Democratic Party-from inside its bureaucratic framework. Perhaps more alarming than Hayden's election year strategy is one from the Institute for Policy Studies' Phyllis Bennis that appeared in the November issue of Peaceworkmagazine.org: "Deepening the Majority: Anti-War Organizing in an Election Year." Bennis, a long-standing champion of Palestinian rights, might appear an unlikely bedfellow for the has-been Hayden. Yet she likewise argues, "It is very hard, at an emotional level, for people to understand that none of the Presidential candidates likely to win in 2008 is committed to ending the war Still, it matters very much who gets elected in 2008." "Even those of us whose work is focused almost exclusively on ending the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan don't have the luxury to say that all candidates, for Congress or for the presidency, are the same," Bennis continues. Here Bennis strikes down a straw figure, since virtually no one opposed to supporting Democrats in this election year has argued that all Democrats and all Republicans hold identical political positions. Both main parties do, however, share certain overriding aims that dwarf their differences. One of those aims is their shared desire to preserve the credibility of U.S. imperialism, and that requires salvaging a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq, in the form of permanent military bases. This is the reason why Clinton et al refuse to commit to removing all U.S. troops by the end of their first term in 2013. Indeed, according to White House adviser General Douglas Lute speaking to the Financial Times, the Bush administration is already negotiating a bilateral agreement with the Iraqi government authorizing a "continued presence for US and other coalition troops outside of the UN Security Council mandate." So what do Hayden and Bennis share in common? Bennis is a close collaborator of the leadership to United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), the largest national antiwar coalition in the U.S. Hayden was the only Democratic Party politician who attended UFPJ's third national assembly on June 22nd-24th, which declared as a priority "engaging in the 2008 electoral season to project a peace and justice agenda." Presumably, Hayden's and Bennis' appeals for election-year voter registration together represent the uninspiring consensus of the assembly. To follow this misguided advice will repeat the very mistakes that sidelined the antiwar majority during pro-war John Kerry's campaign in 2004. All claims to the contrary, an electoral strategy effectively denigrates the importance of antiwar activism during election years-especially when such activism might embarrass pro-war candidates. Look no further back than 2004 to recall the demoralizing consequences for the antiwar movement. All movements must aim to influence government policy. There is no evidence to support the claim that supporting pro-war politicians furthers the aims of the antiwar movement, while there is plenty to discredit it. [A Judas Goat wins the confidence of other goats and then leads them into the slaughter house. -ed] Sharon Smith is the author of Women and Socialism and Subterranean Fire: a History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States. She can be reached at: sharon [at] internationalsocialist.org ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8 impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney
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